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2012 in Review: Our most viewed stories of the year

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2012 was a busy year in news. We have reported on joyful stories but also shared sad news.


Our 15th most read story in 2012 was about fallen Colby firefighter Jamison Kampmeyer. In March, Kampmeyer, who was also a Marathon County Sheriff's Deputy, was killed while fighting a fire at the Abby Theatre in Abbotsford. Thousands gathered to remember Kampmeyer during a memorial service and a funeral procession that lasted nearly an hour, with hundred of emergency trucks from around the state.

More: UPDATE: Clark Co. coroner confirms Colby firefighter has died
More: Obituary: Jamison N. Kampmeyer
More: Hundreds gather to remember Kampmeyer at visitation ceremony
More: Remembering a fallen hero: Colby firefighter Jamison Kampmeyer
More: A final farewell: Remembering Jamison Kampmeyer
More: Hundreds of fire trucks, police cars ride in honor of Jamison Kampmeyer

Our 14th most read story was about two men who successfully made an emergency landing on a Northwoods highway. The small plane's engine started shaking that August night but the pilots were able to keep their wits and land on Highway 70 W in Minocqua.


More: UPDATE: Co-pilot talks about landing plane on Minocqua Hwy

Lucky story number 13 help viewers reconnect with unclaimed property they didn't know they had. In February, Daniel Woodruff told you about the $411 million in unclaimed property the state of Wisconsin is hanging onto for residents.


More: Unclaimed property: Is there money waiting for you?

Our 12th most read story is about a father, daughter duo who had the presence of mind to step in and help when they saw an apartment fire. Geralyn and Gary Granger saw flames and smoke pouring out of the Tamarack Apartments late one night and acted immediately, calling 911 and then knocking on apartment doors to make sure everyone was out safely. The fire caused more than $300,000 in damage but nobody was killed or injured.


More: Father, daughter credited with saving residents from fire
More: UPDATE: Wausau apartment fire cause ruled accidental

The 11th most read story was one that sadly took on national interest. In October, a man went to a spa outside of Milwaukee and shot his wife and two others before killing himself.

More: UPDATE: Report: Wife of shooter at Wis. spa is 1 of 3 dead

Our 10th most read article is a disturbing story about a woman accused of animal abuse. 20-year-old Sean Janas is accused of torturing and poisoning her boyfriend's dog. According to the criminal complaint, Janas wrote a number of diary entries about abusing the dog. It reads "I need to find a way to  killer her without it  looking like I killed her." Officers who have seen the diary quoted it as further saying, "But the pleasure I get from watching her whimper in pain and cry out for help as I shove drano and bleach down her throat is like no other."

More: Woman faces animal abuse charges in death of dog
More: Dog abuse case sparks worldwide outrage
More: Wausau leaders push to pass "Mary's Law"
More: UPDATE: Wausau woman suspected in animal abuse case pleads not guilty


Wisconsinite must had been ready for winter because coming in at number 9 was the snow. On December 19, Wisconsin was blanketed in white. Some areas saw more than a foot of snow in the first major snow storm of the season.


More: UPDATE: Here comes the snow

Our 8th most read story of 2012 brought sadness to the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point community. In March, 21-year-old Eric Duffey disappeared after leaving a bar in downtown Stevens Point after celebrating his birthday. Two days later, divers pulled his body from the Wisconsin River.

More: UPDATE: Search suspended for missing student for the night
More: UPDATE: Family remembers UWSP student Eric Duffey
More: Death of UWSP student affects classmates, investigation continues

A new worker's mistake created a social media frenzy, making $0.37 gas our 7th most read story. In May, an employee at a BP Station in Plover accidentally keyed in $0.379 instead of $3.79, making medium grade gasoline only $0.37. The station lost thousands of dollars as drivers lined the street looking for cheap gas.


More: 37 cents a gallon, no pain at this Plover pump

Our 6th most read story was about a brutal animal attack in Portage County. In March, police responded to a farm where two pit bulls attacked a group on llamas leaving behind so much blood, the Portage County Sheriff was shocked.

More: Llamas viciously attacked, community members outraged
More: UPDATE: Pit bull owners cited after attack that left three llamas dead

Coming in at number 5, a malware attack years in the making. In July, the FBI cracked down on what they were calling rogue Domain Name Service.

More: Malware may knock thousands off Internet on Monday

Our 4th most read story was another quick thinking passer-by. In June, police say a driver lost control, overcorrected and crashed into an oncoming car driven by 46-year-old Rhonda Sherman, with three-year-old Christopher Crary inside. Sherman was thrown from the car while Christopher was trapped inside as the car burst into flames. However a witness leapt into action, pulling the boy from the wreckage.

More: Family thankful after passerby saves 3-year-old boy from crash

Details are still unraveling in our 3rd most read story of the year. In September, the Social Security Administration began investigating a fraud case in Portage County. They went in looking for 100-year-old Marie Jost. Authorities eventually found enough evidence to arrest her son Charles Jost and two other family members, Delores and Ronald Disher. They say the group has been cashing Marie's social security checks and keeping the money for themselves.

More: Authorities call Portage Co. missing persons case "unusual"
More: Three charged in bizarre Portage County case
More: Portage County officials work to clean up Jost property

BOOM! Mysterious shakes and rattles in Clintonville became part of the national conversation in March. Investigators patrolled the streets at 2:00 a.m. trying to determine what caused the ground to shake and sounds of explosions to fill the air. Eventually, officials decided that 'earthquake swarms' caused the noises.


More: Clintonville residents hear shakes, rattles and rolls
More: Clintonville officials try to explain the booms
More: Clintonville booms finally recorded
More: Officials: Swarm of minor earthquakes caused Clintonville booms
More: Clintonville still buzzing months after booms

Finally, coming in at number 1, a story showing a rare glimpse into the world of a hibernating black bear. From a safe distance, our camera zoomed in close enough to catch the bear in action. But, much to our surprise his eyes were open.


More: Black bear calls drain tunnel home
More: SLIDESHOW: Hibernating black bear

 

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